Excerpted from Tampa Bay Times story.
Pasco County, as part of it long-term Harbors redevelopment plan for the U.S. 19 corridor, encouraged past owners of the nearly 40-year-old mall to rebuild the site into a walkable open-air lifestyle center with both residential and commercial uses.
The conceptual plans for the Gables at Gulf View also show retention ponds and a pool and clubhouse amid the 16 apartment buildings that would have one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Apartments closest to the mall would have pedestrian-friendly paths to the shopping center, while units on the western edge will have an unobstructed view of the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park nature preserve.
‘‘Seeing a new development this far west means there’s some confidence in that area,’’ said Darron Kattan, a multifamily brokerage specialist and managing director of the firm Franklin Street of Tampa.
Dorvidor also owns the nearby Park Place Port Richey apartment complex, close to Embassy Boulevard and U.S. 19, which it purchased in 2013.